2020 Writing Contest
2020 Youth Voice Contest Winner: Mexican-American Abstraction: Family Through the Translation of the /Slash/
Note from the author: This short essay contains pieces of dreams, memories, scents, and laughs that I shared with my family. Mexican-Americans have a strong understanding of abstraction: we live in-between identities.
2020 Writing Contest 2nd Place: Unapologetically Connected
I found poetry when I was in a dark space, words saved my life and gave me the ability to heal from trauma and be expressive without having to apologize to others.
2020 Writing Contest 3rd Place: Community, Acceptance, Love
I have spent most of my life as a chameleon. How can I do well in a way that makes everyone around me happy or content? To most, this is just a classic case of people pleasing; to me, it was survival.
2020 Writing Contest Honorable Mention: Unrequited Love
True love. Love without conditions. Love without judgment. Love without feeling like something is owed. Love without feeling indebted. Love without force. Love without pain. Love without suffering. Love that doesn’t suffocate.
2020 Writing Contest Honorable Mention: What Family Means to Me
Blood doesn’t make a family, but true love does. Family is more than having a mom and a dad. It is having people who care for you, show you love, think about you, and want to see you blossom.